The game against Kramnik today was quite important as ranked one and two in this tournament. A couple of hundred spectators followed the games in the auditorium.
I played 1.c4 and the English opening. The ambition was to obtain a complicated position but not necessarily an advantage out of the opening.
Kramnik seems slightly uncomfortable in the kind of position that arose.
I won a pawn after a tense middle game, but black had considerable compensation.
At this point he made several inaccuracies and around the first time control his position went from being difficult to being lost. He resigned a few moves after the time control in face of mate or big material losses. That evens our internal score in classical chess (two victories each) and got a wonderful start to this tournament!
7th ranked Luke McShane won a marathon endgame against Nigel Short while the other two games ended with draw.
I commented on the game for a large audience and press after the game. I'm impressed by the interest in the tournament so far.
Wednesday I.m playing white against co-leader McShane.
Magnus Carlsen, London December 8th 2009.